Scripture Reflections for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A, Lectionary 64

Hate feeling lost on Sundays at church? Searching for a better explanation of the Bible than what you hear from your pastor's sermon? Check out the following collection of audio, video, and text commentaries from various Christian experts for a better understanding of today's scripture that deal with: BaptismBlessingCalledChosenChurchCommunionCommunityComplacentCovenantCreationDarknessDesertDiscipleDivineDoveEgoEngageFaithGatherHealingHistoryHolyHoly SpiritHopeHumilityIdentityJohn the BaptistJusticeLambLightMartin Luther King Jr.MartyrMissionOrdinary TimePaulPeacePopularityPowerProclaimProphetRecognizeRepentRevelationSacrificeSalvationSeasonServantSightSignSinSolidaritySufferingTestimonyUnityVocationWitness

Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
John 1:29-34

“until hearts and minds come into this light and are made to understand who we are, all of us together, then we remain asking more than proclaiming 'shall we overcome? Shall we live in peace? Shall we walk hand in hand? Shall we grow to know one another and ourselves as the children of God?'”

Fr. Oscar Pratt |

“So John is revealing something very powerful about Jesus. He's manifesting the divinity of Jesus by pointing to his preexistence.”

"Behold the Lamb of God" | Brant Pitre |

“Jesus isn't just inaugurating a new Exodus...he's also the beginning of a new creation, right, which will bring about a new cleansing of the world from sin. And it's going to be through the waters, right, of his baptism, as we'll see, and of our baptism that sin will be dealt with and that sin will be cleansed.”

"Jesus' Baptism and New Creation" | Brant Pitre |

“John and Jesus although they were related, although they were cousins, would not have grown up together. Jesus grew up in Galilee as a carpenter's son but John grew up as an ascetic out in the desert.”

"Did John the Baptist Know Jesus?" | Brant Pitre |

“Imagine all of us point out Jesus in ourself and in somebody else. Imagine we could do to our world. Imagine how we could heal our land if all of us recognized the dignity each person has because she, he, whomever is God's child.”

"Pray for Healing" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |

“God comes in the most ordinary ways and so we're going to have to start looking out for him the way John the Baptist was looking out for him”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“You can't channel surf on God, amen? Or not on his Word. We got to follow that Word consistently all the way through.”

Monsignor Raymond East |

“Have you ever noticed how this light shines through the faces of people you meet? Maybe in a random stranger's face, a family member, or even a friend? We are called today more than ever to witness where the Holy Spirit is at work in others as well as ourselves.”

Jeanmarie Santopatre |

“There is only one who is innocent before God and John calls us to see, to look at him, to look at the face of mercy, to look to the one who alone can give us peace”

Sr. Diana Culbertson, OP |
Overall Readings

“that also was another thought that came to my mind. Not only that God comes to us but that we’re chosen each of us individually”

GatherClip | Alex |

“Let us answer the Spirit's calls. Let us get up, out from our privilege and take an active stance for love.”

Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ |

“John’s gospel does acknowledge that particular acts can be sinful but its primary concern is the radical evil and alienation from God in the human heart of which particular “sins” are simply the outward expression”

"Look, there is the lamb of God" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“Light ordinarily does not add anything to what is in existence. The light reveals what is already in existence, the beauty in creation.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“today we are reminded of our call to give testimony. What do you see from where you stand? What meaning do you make of what you see and by what method do you share it?”

Lisa Frey |

“When people see us in the street they shouldn't have to ask who we are, they should immediately know that we are the sons and daughters of God. Or they may not know our given names but they should know at least that we know who Jesus Christ is as Lord and savior.”

Fr. Tony Ricard |